“Let my heart be broken for the things that break the heart of God.” ~Bob Pierce, Founder of World Vision
Tropical storm ‘Ketsana’, followed by typhoon ‘Parma’ inundated homes and left hundreds of thousands more people in the country homeless. At least 800 have been killed this year by storms alone.
It was disheartening to see the damage done to the NingNing girls’ shanty homes and the few belongings they have. Textbooks, clothes, bedding — all rain-soaked and/or completely ruined.
It was the first time I had actually entered their shanty and it was utterly shocking.
Justine and her 11 other family members sleep side by side on a board in this room (below).
No pillows, no mattresses – just a board. It was hot, dark (without natural sunlight as there is no electricity), smelly and wet. My heart broke as I thought of them sleeping here every night.
The girls and their families are among the millions of “squatters” living along riverbanks in shanties stacked on top of one another (literally). But they have nowhere else to go.
Massive relief efforts were still going on when I was there, mostly delivering food to those in need. I asked around about the needs of Justine’s community and they said plywood and materials to rebuild would help immensely and last for the long-term.
The next day we took Justine and her mother to a shop that supply’s wood and they picked out exactly what they needed to rebuild their kitchen area (below) that was totally wiped out by the storm. As soon as the materials and tools were delivered, community members started pitching in to help rebuild.
Bedding is another item in which they were badly in need. I mentioned this to a friend and he said, “Hey, I actually have a friend who owns a hotel that is getting rid of 500 bed sheets.” We were able to secure 200 for Justine’s community. Praise the Lord for a prayer immediately answered!
Thank you all for your prayerful and monetary support in the relief efforts for the NingNing youth and their families in the aftermath of these intense tropical storms. If they could thank you personally, they would! It really made a difference in their lives and we all are very grateful. 🙂
Sending you their bright and cheerful smiles, even in the midst of darkness, disaster and destruction…